A truly fabulous setting is enjoyed by this country home with arguably the best views to north Dorset. Underhill House is situated in the highly desired location of East Knoyle with generous accommodation, equestrian facilities and garaging for four cars, in all just under 9 acres.
Underhill House is a perfect country home, situated in the desired Cranborne Chase and nestled on the edge of a valley with outstanding views reaching to Shaftesbury and beyond. With nearly 4000sq ft of accommodation the property provides modern open plan living with four double bedrooms all of which have en suite bathrooms, the house is finished to an excellent standard throughout.
Externally the property enjoys complete privacy being gated from the lane with well landscaped gardens and raised, enclosed patio surrounding the main house. The gated driveway provides plenty of driveway parking and this links up to the equestrian and garaging facilities which also enjoys separate gated access.
The house overlooks its own land which is laid out in four paddocks all securely fenced with post and rail and mature hedging, beyond this are uninterrupted views across north Dorset.
The Equestrian facilities are ideally laid out in an internal barn with adjoining large hay barn with yard area overlooking the manege. Beyond this is further parking and an L-Shaped garage block providing parking for four vehicles with storage.
Underhill House is the ideal retreat for those seeking contemporary living with total privacy and easy access to London.
Underhill House is situated in the hamlet of Underhill, 1.5 km to the west of East Knoyle, a thriving and highly desired village with an excellent community shop/ post office, children`s playground and church, with the Fox and Hounds public house in the nearby hamlet of The Green. East Knoyle lies within the beautiful Cranborne Chase AONB and a Dark Sky Reserve, one of only sixteen in the world. The local towns of Shaftesbury, Tisbury and Gillingham (where there is a Waitrose) are a short drive away while Salisbury and Bath are both easily accessible with a more extensive range of shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
Communications in the area are excellent with the A303 a few miles to the north providing a link to the M3, M25, London or the West Country. Gillingham Station and Tisbury Station (both 6 miles) offer services to London Waterloo taking from 1 hour 48 minutes. The area is well known for the number of excellent schools which are within reach. These include Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hazelgrove, Clayesmore, Sherborne, Bryanston, St Mary`s Shaftesbury and Downside.
There are several top-performing state primary schools in the immediate vicinity and the secondary school at Gillingham is always a top performer.
The surrounding countryside is ideal for a variety of rural pursuits such as walking, cycling and fishing. Racing is at Wincanton, Bath and Salisbury, whilst golf can be enjoyed at Rushmore Park. Poole, Weymouth and the Dorset coast are all within easy reach.
Underhill House was built in the 1930s and has been significantly extended and renovated in recent years to create generous accommodation of nearly 4000 sq ft in a tranquil and commanding setting. The property is accessed via the lane through electric gates and a block paved drive sweeps to the front of the house and continues to the equestrian and garaging facilities with a second driveway access point. There is plenty of parking for a number of vehicles.
Being situated on the edge of the valley, the views to the rear of the house are arguably amongst the finest in Wiltshire and they extend to Shaftesbury and far beyond.The views are enjoyed by all the principle rooms.
A large porch protects the front door from any adverse weather and this leads into a welcoming reception hall with a cloakroom off. Except for the kitchen area, which has a natural limestone tiled floor, the ground floor is fitted with engineered oak flooring throughout. To the left of the hall is a cosy sitting room with an attractive fireplace surrounding a Jetmaster fire and leading from the sitting room through an archway is a custom-fitted office/study.
Double doors open from the sitting room into the impressive drawing room, which offers fantastic proportions and a wealth of natural light from the double aspect windows and French windows that open onto a south-facing terrace that wraps around three sides of the house. There is a striking brick inglenook-style feature fireplace (not usable), and the room is also accessible directly from the hall. The kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful entertaining space with an extensive range of fitted solid oak-fronted units with polished granite work-surfaces and an island unit. There is space for a range-style cooker with fitted extractor above and ample room for a large, American-style fridge/freezer. Furthermore, there is an extensive area for accommodating a large table and chairs for informal dining, with French windows leading on to the south-facing terrace. A door leads into a laundry with walk in pantry beyond, and also leading off the kitchen there is a generous utility/boot room with external stable door. Beyond the kitchen through double doors is a formal dining room which is also accessed from the hall, and there is a small walk-in cupboard. On the first floor there is a spacious and welcoming landing that leads to all of the bedrooms, and a useful cloakroom and walk-in linen cupboard. The master bedroom is located to the rear of the property from which you can enjoy the exquisite views, it has an excellent walk-in wardrobe with a range of fitted open shelves and clothes-hanging space, and an en suite bathroom with a separate shower cubicle.
The three further bedrooms are all generous in size and comfortable doubles, all of which offer en suite facilities of the highest quality.
The house is approached via a brick drive linking the two entrance points, both with brick pillars. The original garage has been converted into a useful workshop, with a substantial four-bay garage being created as a replacement, which also benefits from an additional storage area; two of the garage doors are electric.
The gardens and orchard area lie predominantly on the south side of the house and are flanked by mature trees, shrubs and hedging. There is a large south-facing terrace running the full width of the property, which offers the best views of the gardens, land and far-reaching views beyond. Under one corner of the terrace is a small garden tool room.
The property benefits from a superior indoor stable complex which is connected to mains water and electricity and comprises two loose boxes, a third loose box/storeroom, a feed room, tack room, cloakroom, small kitchen area with hot and cold water supply and a large attached hay barn, and the small yard outside can be closed off. There is an adjacent 40m x 20m outdoor manege with Clopf and silica sand surface and convenient inward/outward opening gate, four paddocks with mains-fed automatic water troughs and two small `starvation` enclosures. The land is enclosed by a mixture of stock fencing, post-and-rail fencing and hedges. The soil is predominantly greensand, which, combined with the gently sloping land, means it is well-drained. This, however, does give way to clay near the very bottom of the paddocks.
There is a hard-core track leading from the second entrance point into the first paddock to enable a lorry to access the septic tank.
In total the property sits in just under 9 acres, most of this is paddock land.
From the A303 head south towards Shaftesbury on the A350 and take the right hand turning to East Knoyle. Turn right in front of the shop on to Church Lane turning 90 degrees right towards Underhill. After a short distance, the entrances to Underhill House will be found on the left hand side.
Rights of Way
There are no public rights of way across the property.
Freehold with vacant possession.
Mains electricity and water.
Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.
The property is not listed.
Fixtures & Fittings
Please note that unless specifically mentioned all fixtures and fittings and garden ornaments are excluded from the sale.
Strictly by appointment with FoxGrant.
The property is subject to council tax Band G.
Property code CV,EQ,
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.